Dead Trees Still Stand

It bathes
In the sea of the sun
Though the rays
Mean nothing to it anymore
Just days
Its body
Left with none
Of which that made Joyce Kilmer
Wrote verses about the beauty of trees
(Can it still be called pretty
without the flowers and the leaves?)
Wrinkled, gnarled, dry, devoid
Its age a secret
Like a woman turning 40
Until it’s cut halfway

Is it in the marriage
Of its roots to its soil
Which cradled its seed?
It does not need its presents
The soil continues to give
But it will embrace it
Through winds and storms
Until some cataclysm takes it away
But it will hold on
Root and ground

As some hearts often do.

Vivien Marie Lopez Jorillo


2 thoughts on “Dead Trees Still Stand

    1. Hi Jalal! Yes, unfortunately that’s true for most of them.

      I wrote this when I noticed that there’s this dead tree in the neighborhood that has been there since I was very young even though it’s always stormy here in the Philippines. It survived Yolanda/Typhoon Haiyan and I thought, well, that’s one stubborn dead tree.

      Thank you for your comment 🙂 Cheers!


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